THEATRE -- FEBRUARY 2019

NUWORKS 2019! CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

Pan Asian Repertory

INFO: PAN ASIAN REPERTORY THEATRE is now accepting submissions for our 2019 NUWORKS performance series, June 25–30, 2019, in Manhattan.

NUWORKS presents new work from emerging artists who explore different genres and techniques. We seek a diversity of voices; submission does not have to reflect contemporary Asian American themes. PAN ASIAN REP will provide artist stipend, rehearsal and performance space, and social media marketing/PR.  

GUIDELINES:

* New work (solo or duo show preferred) that is rehearsed and ready-to-perform. Works in development/Works-in-progress will be accepted. N.B., there is only one rehearsal in May/June.

* Work can be any style (comedy, drama, musical, dance, experimental, etc.) at 15-45 minutes in length.

* Work previously not presented in New York City preferred.

* Shows should have few set elements, provide own props and costumes, and be low tech and high quality in content.  

IMPORTANT DATES:  

  • Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019

  • Notification: Thursday, March 28, 2019

https://www.panasianrep.org/pan-asian-rep-event/2019/1/22/nuworks-2019

THE 2019-2020 U.S.-JAPAN CREATIVE ARTISTS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Japan-United States Friendship Commission

INFO: The Japan U.S. Friendship Commission offers leading contemporary and traditional artists from the United States the opportunity to spend three to five months in Japan through the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program.  Artists go as seekers, as cultural visionaries, and as living liaisons to the traditional and contemporary cultural life of Japan.  They also go as connectors who share knowledge and bring back knowledge. Their interaction with the Japanese public and the outlook they bring home provide exceptional opportunities to promote cultural understanding between the United States and Japan.

JUSFC and NEA will support and select up to five collaborative projects of U.S.-Japan artists representative of diverse genres and regions of both countries.  The 2019-20 program is only for collaborative pairs, and not for individual artists. Alumni of the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program are encouraged to apply. Please refer to How to Apply for detailed instructions. This is a special, modified program in 2019-2020.

GRANT AWARD:

  • Each collaborative team will receive a $25,000 fellowship award and up to $2,500 for one round trip airline ticket between the United States and Japan.

  • The collaborative team will have one year (July 1, 2019-July 1, 2020) to complete their project. The award may be used for any expenses directly related to the project, including, but not limited to living expenses in Japan, cost of project materials etc.

  • The artists must complete a collaborative work incorporating the vision of the Olympic and Paralympic games to present in Tokyo during the Games in 2020.

  • The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission will collaborate with public and private sector organizations in and around Tokyo to host performances and presentations of the artists’ works.

  • Exhibition sites will be selected depending on the specific project.

REVIEW CRITERIA & SELECTION PROCESS:

The U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program is extremely competitive; only up to five artists will be  selected for travel to Japan.  In 2019-2020 applicants should anticipate a highly rigorous review of their artistry and should have compelling reasons for wanting to create a captivating piece of art, in collaboration with a Japanese colleague, for the Olympic and Paralympic games. Their work must exemplify the best in U.S. and Japanese arts. Generally, this means that only those artists who have demonstrated expertise and established professional recognition (e.g. awards, featured shows, publications, etc.) in their field either regionally or nationally or who have shown truly exceptional promise at the local level are likely to be competitive. Proficiency in the Japanese language is not required.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Clear representation of themes including, diversity and inclusion – “Unity in Diversity”, sustainability, building a better tomorrow, peace and prosperity, and highlighting the unique relationship between Japan and the United States.

  • The artistic excellence of the applicant’s work and artistic merit of the proposed collaboration;

  • The extent to which working in Japan is consistent with the applicant’s artistic vision and would contribute to his or her artistry;

  • The applicant’s potential to contribute to increased cultural understanding and dialogue with Japanese artists and/or the Japanese public;

  • The availability of resources in Japan that are necessary to the artist’s proposed collaboration;

  • Ability to live and work in unfamiliar settings under different conditions

With the assistance of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Japan U.S. Friendship Commission will convene a panel to review applications. The panel will include previous recipients of the U.S.- Japan Creative Artists Program award, as well as other arts professionals with expertise in working with the Olympics and Japanese culture.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and live and work professionally in the United States.

  • All proposals must be collaborations between a U.S. artist (or group of artists) and a Japanese artist who is a citizen or permanent resident of Japan and living and working professionally in Japan.

  • The applicant and their Japanese collaborator must be a professional creative artists (contemporary or traditional) working as but not limited to: architects, choreographers, musicians, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, librettists, visual artists and  theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, and performance artists).

  • The proposed collaborative artistic project must be a new artistic venture, or something that the collaborative team is in the process of developing, and must have a completion date of July 1, 2020.

  • The proposed collaborative artistic project must touch on one or more of themes including, but not limited to, diversity and inclusion – “Unity in Diversity”, sustainability, building a better tomorrow, peace and prosperity.

  • There are additional eligibility requirements for librettists, playwrights, and creative writers (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry) outlined below.

    • Librettists and playwrights must have had a full-length work professionally produced and/or published in the United States at least once in the last five years.

  • Creative writer applicants must meet specific publishing requirements. Self- published work will not satisfy this eligibility requirement. In the last 10 years writers must have published at least one of the following:

    • Twenty poems in five or more literary journals

    • Five different short stories or essays (of creative non-fiction) in two or more literary journals, anthologies, or publications

    • A book of poems of more than 48 pages

    • A novel or a novella

    • A book of creative non-fiction

    • Creative writer applicants may use online publications to establish up to fifty percent of their eligibility, provided that such publications have competitive selection processes and stated editorial policies.

    • The following may not be used to establish eligibility:

      • Pre-publication material, such as galleys, proofs, and advance reader’s

      • Work that has appeared in a publication for which you are the editor, publisher, or staff

      • Collaborative work

      • Scholarly writing including Instructional writing, Book reviews, Editorials/letters to the editor, Student publications and publications that primarily print work by persons who are affiliated with a particular academic institution, any publication by presses that: require individual writers to pay for part or all of the production costs; require writers to buy or sell copies of the publication; publish work without competitive selection or a stated editorial policy; or publish work without professional editing. 

DEADLINE: March 1, 2019

jusfc.gov/creative-artists-programs/

THEATER -- JANUARY 2019

HEAR HER CALL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN WOMEN'S THEATRE FESTIVAL

Conch Shell Productions 

INFO: We are seeking innovative 10-minute plays or monologues that are aligned with Conch Shell Productions' arts for social change initiative. We are seeking plays that inspire audiences to design a new destiny and/or to consider new ways of thinking when presented with challenges.   

Plays must be written in English by women of Caribbean heritage ages 18 and older who live in the Americas. Writing teams are acceptable as long as one playwright is an American woman of Caribbean descent.

The play selection process begins with an evaluation by a team of readers who will independently score each play according to their assessment of plot, character, dialogue, language, theatricality and the play’s alignment with Conch Shell Productions mission.

SUBMISSION FEE: $10. More than one entry may be submitted as a separate entry (along with the required fee), but no playwright will have more than one entry selected for production.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Deadline:  Sunday, January 13, 2019, 11:59pm

  • Performance: March 29, 2019

Plays will be staged as full productions at Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College 9420 Guy Brewer Boulevard Jamaica, New York.  Playwrights are encouraged to attend the festival - awards will be presented after the final performance. 

conchshellproductions.com/hear-her-call-play-fest?utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=misclinks&utm_source=article_body&utm_content=intra

 

NYSCA/NYFA ARTIST FELLOWSHIP

INFO: NYFA is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships, awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period, are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. These fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development.

 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Categories:

The following categories will be reviewed; please click for discipline-specific guidelines:

o    Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design

o    Choreography

o    Music/Sound

o    Photography

o    Playwriting/Screenwriting

DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 11:59 PM EST.

nyfa.org/Content/Show/Artists'-Fellowships?fbclid=IwAR0GEkRYgSde_C_kmEPgeuM67z14NHoCGSwiFBan9aIGDeVncR4MlI8Gbk0

 

THEATER -- NOVEMBER 2018

 

TOFTE LAKE RESIDENCY: EMERGING ARTISTS PROGRAM
Tofte Lake Center

INFO: TLC is sponsoring its 10th annual Emerging Artists Program which enables both individual creative artists and a group of artists to focus on their current work. This program subsidizes one 2-week residency for 7 emerging artists and/or 2 person creative teams from the Minnesota and the 5 boroughs of New York, and one week-long residency for a group project that would have exclusive use of the facilities. Please note that applicants must live in either MN or one of the 5 NYC boroughs to be eligible to apply.

The residencies at TLC are intentionally interdisciplinary in nature. Artists from many disciplines can apply. Disciplines may include: playwriting, poetry, prose writing, painting, music composition, and dance. We would be happy to accept applicants who sculpt, produce films, are photographers, work with crafts; we are, however, more limited in terms of the materials we can provide. The underlying philosophy is to provide space and means of support for individual artists wishing to further their creative endeavors in the visual, literary and performing arts. The dramaturgical assistance of TLC director Liz Engelman is available if desired.

Individual/Creative Residency: Each artist from MN will receive an honorarium, meal, and travel stipend of $1,600, and each artist from NYC will receive $2,000. 

Group Residency: Each artist will receive and honorarium, meal, and travel stipend of $1,000. 

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Deadline: November 30, 2018

  • Individual Artist/Creative Team Residency: July 15-28, 2019.

  • Group Project Week: August 12-18, 2019.

https://toftelake.org/emerging-artists

THEATER -- OCTOBER 2018

ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM

The Millay Colony

INFO: The Millay Colony is an artists residency program in Upstate New York. We welcome 6-7 visual artists, writers, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, and composers each month between April and November. We offer a number of flexible residency formats. all including a private bedroom and studio as well as all meals. We welcome artists of all ages, from all cultures and communities, and in all stages of their career. We offer ample time to work in a gorgeous atmosphere, organizing everything an artist needs for maximum productivity.

Our seven-acre Upstate New York campus, with its lovely meadows and forest, is adjacent to the former home and gardens of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and the exquisite Harvey Mountain State Forest. Our residents and guests have access to trails for hiking and bicycles, as well as meadows for picnics (with wild blueberry, wild thyme and a delicious mix of plants and flowers), and creeks and streams for cooling off. In the Winter, residents may choose to go cross-country skiing. We are near the towns of Chatham, NY and Great Barrington, MA.

Our chef cooks healthy delicious dinners and also provides food for residents to cook their own day-time meals. We are happy to respond to food allergies and special diets. We have a barbecue for outdoor grilling and a fire pit for smores.

The Steepletop Barn has four bedrooms and four studios with meadow and mountain views. The Main Building was featured in the July ’98 issue of Architectural Record for its sleek look and commitment to universal access. This building contains two residency suites and studios as well as common areas open to all residents, including the kitchen, dining and living areas, and a laundry room. All are fully accessible. The Main House also has a darkroom, a Yamaha U1 upright piano, a large collection of art books, two lounges, a public telephone, and WiFi. In our adjacent offices, we have a fax machine, copier, computer and printer for residents’s use. 

APPLICATION FEE: $37 

DEADLINE: October 4, 2018 

millaycolony.org/programs/residencies-artists-millay-colony-arts/apply/

THE WORKING FARM RESIDENCY

SPACE on Ryder Farm

INFO: The Working Farm, SPACE’s resident writers’ group, offers eight playwrights, composers, lyricists and/or librettists five fully-subsidized residency weeks on Ryder Farm during the course of the June-October season. While in residence, the artists each focus on developing a single new work and are strongly encouraged to structure their days and weeks to best suit the needs of their project.

The eight Working Farm writers are in residence together twice over the course of the season (May 28th-June 2nd and September 17th-22nd, 2019). The writers’ remaining residency weeks are scheduled during the following Creative Residency weeks:           

  • June 17th-22nd                 

  • June 24th-28th               

  • July 8th-July 13th

  • July 15th-July 20th           

  • July 22nd-27th                 

  • September 9th-14th

  • October 7th-12th                  

During their additional stays, Working Farm writers may invite a collaborator (e.g. a director, designer, dramaturg, actor) to join them on the farm, subject to availability.

During their time on the farm, The Working Farm writers are housed in Ryder Farm’s historic buildings, served three daily farm-fresh communal meals and provided with artistic and administrative resources. 

While at SPACE, the only requirements of The Working Farm are that they join in the three communal meals daily, give back 6 hours of their time-in-residence to Ryder Farm and participate in short, informal sharings of the work accomplished while in residence.

One of the highlights of The Working Farm is The Roving Dinner, which occurs during the group’s September residency week. During this celebration of The Working Farm writers, excerpts of the eight SPACE-developed works are paired with an eight-course farm-fresh meal and performed at eight historic locations around Ryder Farm. 

Following the five-week residency at Ryder Farm, Working Farm members are offered the opportunity to present a public reading of their SPACE-developed project through SPACE’s partnership with Playwrights Horizons. These readings customarily take place in the winter or early spring. 

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Deadline: October 8, 2018

  • Semi-finalists notified: February 2019

  • Finalists interviewes: March 2019

  • Final decisions: Early April 2019

spaceonryderfarm.org/the-working-farm

ARTIST COMMISSIONING PROGRAM

Queens Council On The Arts

INFO: The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) awards Queens-based choreographers, playwrights, and composers $10,000 each towards the creation of a new, original work. This innovative program democratizes the traditional commissioning process, which has historically been reserved for a privileged few.  

Two things make ACP distinct from a typical arts award:

1) its aim to fill gaps in American culture

2) pair artists with a cohort of "art producers"

Art Producers select the artists in a panel and serve as a support structure for the cohort. Both Artists and Art Producers receive access to professional development programming and collaborative arts events throughout the year-long program. Read more about each role below.

DEADLINE: October 12, 2018

queenscouncilarts.org/art-commissioning/

Call for Unproduced Latin@/x Plays

INFO: The 50 Playwrights Project (#50PP) is currently soliciting unproduced plays by Latin@/x playwrights for our third annual 50PP’s Best Unproduced Latin@/x Plays List. We are compiling a list of unproduced plays that theatre companies should be producing. Only plays that will be unproduced as of March 1, 2019 are eligible.

#50PP Script Guidelines:

  • The script is a work by a Latin@/x playwright.

  • The script is an original full-length work.

  • The script can be in English or Spanish.

  • The script cannot have been produced before March 1, 2019.

  • Playwrights can only submit one script. 

DEADLINE: October 14, 2018

 50playwrights.org/resources/submissions/call-for-unproduced-latin-plays/

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

New Play Reading Series at Penn State Abington

INFO: Penn State Abington is creating a new play reading series. They are looking for never-produced plays by local (PA/NJ/DE/NY) playwrights. Special consideration given to Philadelphia playwrights. Plays can be full length or one-acts. One play per playwright.

STIPEND: there will be a stipend paid to each playwright who’s play is produced in this reading series. We are currently working with the school to get an exact amount for playwrights. However, we know that there will be a single stipend and that, if you wish to attend the reading and/or rehearsals, you will need to cover your own transportation.

Selected playwrights are invited and encouraged to be part of the rehearsal process before each reading. 
Plays will be read by both professional actors and student actors from Penn State Abington. 

Plays about these issues/topics are sought:

  • Indigenous vs Colonial Culture

  • Mass Incarceration

  • Immigration

  • Sustainability

  • Opioid Addiction

  • Educational Equity

Please send a short synopsis and PDFs (only) of your play to: mtp24@psu.edu
Penn State Abington offers an affordable, accessible, and high-impact education resulting in the success of a diverse student body. It is committed to student success through innovative approaches to 21st century public higher education within a world-class research university. With nearly 4,000 students, Penn State Abington is a residential campus that offers baccalaureate degrees in 19 majors, undergraduate research, the Schreyer honors program, NCAA Division III athletics, and more.

DEADLINE: October 15, 2018
abington.psu.edu/this-is-penn-state

THEATER -- SEPTEMBER 2018

RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FELLOWSHIPS

Harvard University

INFO: The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts (including Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction/Biography/ Autobiography/Memoir, Nonfiction/Current Issues, Playwriting or Screenwriting, and other topics). 

To be considered for a fellowship in fiction or nonfiction, applicants must have any of the following: one or more published books, contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript, or at least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published. Evidence of publication in print format within the last five years is highly desirable; Web site publications are not acceptable as the only form of previously published work. Applicants should note that reviewers take into account evidence of a distinctive, original voice, richness or dimensionality of text, and coherence in the project plan. Professionals interested in writing about their work experiences should apply in the category of nonfiction. Recommendations from editors and/or agents are not acceptable.

AWARD: Radcliffe Institute fellows are in residence for a period of nine months between September 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 and receive a stipend of $77,500 plus an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses. Applicants may apply for either one or two semesters. Single-semester Radcliffe fellows receive a $38,750 stipend plus an additional $2,500 to cover project expenses.

This is a residential fellowship; therefore, fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area for the duration of their time as Radcliffe fellows. Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. The Institute will provide office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources at Harvard University during the fellowship year. Radcliffe fellows may also be eligible to receive relocation, housing, and childcare funds to aid them in making a smooth transition to Radcliffe. Health care options are made available as needed.

DEADLINE: September 13, 2018

radcliffe.harvard.edu/fellowship-program/how-apply

 

THE MACDOWELL COLONY

INFO: The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.

MacDowell Fellows are selected by our admissions panels, which are comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals in each artistic discipline who serve anonymously for three years.

The Colony accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which the Colony defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way. MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice and investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. To that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply. Applicants who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency and therefore cannot apply. Doctoral candidates who have finished all coursework may apply.

MacDowell is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical ability or disability. The Colony offers barrier-free access in its main buildings and some studios. There are no medical facilities or medical personnel on site. MacDowell is situated in a rural area with limited access to medical care facilities. We strongly suggest that applicants with special medical needs contact the Resident Director before applying.

SUBMISSION FEE: $30

DEADLINE: September 15, 2018

https://macdowell.slideroom.com/#/Login

  

LIVING ROOM THEATER NEW PLAY INCUBATOR: CULTURAL IDENTITY

INFO: Living Room Theater is seeking playwrights to develop plays on the theme “Cultural Identity” for its New Play Incubator.  In the course of 3 weeks, the playwrights individually will create a 10 minute play related to cultural identity. Each group will culminate in a staged reading for the public. Actors and director will be provided for the reading. 
 
There is no fee to submit or to participate. Playwrights that have participated in the previous incubator are not eligible to apply at this time. Playwrights must be able to attend all meetings. Please do not submit if you cannot make all the meetings of at least one group. All meetings/rehearsals/readings will be held in Manhattan. Non-New York based playwrights may apply but must be able to travel to the meetings/reading. No travel stipend is provided.
 
9/23/18 from 1-4pm
9/30/19 from 1-4pm
10/7/18 from 1-4pm
Staged reading date: 10/25/18 from 6-10pm
 
Please submit a resume, a 10 minute play, and a short paragraph in the email why you would be interested in writing about the theme “Cultural Identity” to lvtnewplays@gmail.com Only selected finalists will be asked to interview the week of 09/10/18.

DEADLINE: September 7, 2018

http://www.marcusyi.com/new-play-incubator.html

 

2019-2020 CULLMAN CENTER FELLOWSHIP

INFO: The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers is an international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit directly from access to the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building—including academics, independent scholars, and creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets). Visual artists at work on a book project are also welcome to apply. 

The Center appoints 15 Fellows a year for a nine-month term at the Library, from September through May. In addition to working on their own projects, the Fellows engage in an ongoing exchange of ideas within the Center and in public forums throughout the Library.

DEADLINE: September 28, 2018

nypl.org/help/about-nypl/fellowships-institutes/center-for-scholars-and-writers

THEATER -- AUGUST 2018

INTENSIVE FOR MALE PLAYWRIGHTS OF COLOR

Lit Council

INFO: In partnership with The Tank, LIT Council is a development intensive for Male Playwrights of Color. During their time with the Council (September 2018 through April 2019), writers will hone a play guided by the Bechdel Test to ensure gender equity in storytelling. The program will culminate in a reading workshop of each participant’s play, hosted at The Tank (312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue). In order to further promote collaboration and communication between genders, each play will be attached to a female director of color, chosen from a group of professionals and mentors, who will be active presences throughout the process.

For each session, participants will receive feedback and mentorship from 3 professional Facilitators: Beto O’Byrne (playwright-in-residence at Stella Adler; 2050 Playwriting Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop), Jerome A. Parker (MacDowell and Dramatist Guild Fellow), and Akin Salawu (Inaugural Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater; two-time Tribeca All Access Winner) are all writers of color with working experience in the industry and theatrical credits in New York City and around the country. They created LIT Council with the Tank to have a professional setting where whiteness is de-centered and the “white gaze” isn’t a deterrent or the raison d’etre for a play’s birth, voice and steps in the world. Participants will be pushed to create works where female characters are given equal weight to their male counterparts and also supported to stretch their voice in writing for, and collaborating with, women.

LIT Council seeks daring applicants of color from all levels, and ALL who identify as male, to work on a play already in progress. The chosen participants will demonstrate great appetite and aptitude for crafting uncompromised stories, while understanding the pressing need to represent “other” voices, especially those of women, fully in their work. As this is a collective, the Council looks for artists not only with experience in taking the reign of their own creative process, but also with a desire to collaborate with the other participating artists in the room. The Tank is located in New York, so applicants need to be NYC-based in order to participate in weekend meetings, readings and other program-related events.

THE FACILITATORS

Beto O’Byrne hails from East Texas and is the co-founder of Radical Evolution, a multi-ethnic, multi-disciplinary producing collective based in Brooklyn, NY. The author of 20 plays, screenplays, and original TV pilots, his works have been produced in San Antonio, Austin, Los Angeles and New York City, where was the most recent playwright-in-residence at the Stella Adler School of Acting and a 2050 Playwriting Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop. In addition, O’Byrne is an advocate for the performing arts field, having worked with organizations such as Theatre Communications Group, La Cooperativa of Latinx Theatre Artists of NYC, and the Latinx Theatre Commons. MFA, Dramatic Writing: University of Southern California. www.betoobyrne.com

Jerome A. Parker is a MacDowell and Dramatist Guild Fellow from New York City. His work has been developed through readings and productions at the Public Theater, the Old Vic, the Cherry Lane, Classical Theatre of Harlem, the National Black Theater, BAAD!, Company of Angels, American Lyric Theater, NY Stage and Film, Freedom Train Productions, Celebration Theater, On the Boards, the Musical Theater Factory, New York Musical Festival, and the Los Angeles Theater Center amongst others.

Akin Salawu is a two-time Tribeca All Access Winner with a BA from Stanford and a Screenwriting MFA from Columbia. At Stanford, Akin founded ergo student theater troupe and was awarded the Sherifa Omade Ego Prize for mounting culturally diverse theater. Akin was a member of The Public Theater’s Inaugural Emerging Writers Group and wrote Chapter 5 in the book, “The Obama Movement.” Akin also wrote 2 short plays on Ferguson for Chicago's American Theater. Akin developed his first musical The Real Whisper in Ars Nova’s Uncharted residency which premiered in the 2017 Polyphone Festival at The University of the Arts.

DEADLINE: August 3, 2018

http://thetanknyc.org/series/lit_council/ 

 

Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Playwrights Competition

INFO: The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is seeking submissions for its Playwrights Competition. Plays must address a social issue(s) in a comedic way and have a hopeful ending. The script must have at least two African American women characters, one of whom is at least 40 years old. The script must have at least one scene where two females have a conversation that is not primarily about men. Three semi-finalists will be selected by a panel of theater arts professionals to include LHT’s Interim Artistic Director, Aldo Billingslea. 

PRIZE: $7,500 and a workshop to further develop the script to be considered for a full production in 2019.

DEADLINE: August 10, 2018

http://www.lhtsf.org/playwrights-competition

 

DAVID CHARLES HORN PRIZE

The Yale Drama Series

INFO: The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2019 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Ayad Akhtar.

AWARD: $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

SUBMISSION FEE: $0

DEADLINE: August 15, 2018

dchornfoundation.org/competition-rules

 

SUBMISSION FOR ENSEMBLE PLAYWRIGHT LAB

Letter of Marque Theater Co.

 INFO: The Ensemble Playwright Lab (EPL) is a residency program in which the playwright engages with Letter of Marque's (LOM) ensemble to create, develop, or reimagine a piece of work; which will be presented to the public at the end of the residency.

There will be two 6-week residencies: Fall & Winter. Two playwrights, one for each residency, will be selected to work with our ensemble once a week, for a total of 21 hours of collaboration and discovery.

The submissions will be prepared by a non-adjudicating member of our team. All submissions are anonymous until the semi-finalists are contacted via email for interviews. Please do not reference names of collaborators or affiliations.

The name and photo associated with your Google account will be recorded when you upload files and submit this form.

FEE: There is no monetary charge or fee to participate in the Ensemble Playwrights Lab. We ask for your time, dedication, and energy!

DEADLINE: August 20, 2018

docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdFMRSBfjLOjKvhP4hFIqbNMu4_s7kLZJ_nY0FBuvwhM-R_zA/viewform

 

TRAVEL GRANT

Lotus Lee Foundation

INFO: Through the Travel Fellowship, Lotus Lee Foundation hopes to stimulate an in-depth discussion on the future development of the theater and performing arts industry. We are aiming at encouraging students and young professionals to exam this topic from different perspectives including business model, the market expands, art & technology integration, investment, cross-cultural communication, etc.

The fellowship will provide its recipients an opportunity to explore the theater industry in Shanghai, China; to broaden their experience and knowledge on the cultural exchange; to deepen their insights on the future of international performing arts field.

Lotus Lee Foundation is a New York City based 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to bridge arts and technology; to nourish the cultural exchange between China and America through theater and education; to enhance the voice of emerging artists and young professionals, especially those from the Asian community.

    ELIGIBILITY:

    • Applicants must live in the US.

    • Applicants must choose which group they belong to.
      • The Students Group includes, undergraduate students , and graduate students.
      • The Young Professionals Group includes  Ph.D, researchers, scholars and individuals who have graduated in the past 15 years. (Graduates prior to 2003 are ineligible.) Holders of multiple degrees may apply. Proof of revived diploma between 2003 and 2018 is required.
    • Student candidates must have one supervisor to help examine the work before submission. The supervisor can be the professor, instructor, or teacher. Supervisor’s information is required in the application.
    • Winners are expected to travel to China learn about the booming performing arts market and make a presentation on US-China Summit when coming back to the US.

    THEME: According to the data from Broadway League , theater audiences are growing older.  Broadway is no longer attracting young people to the theater. Meanwhile, various forms of off-line experience are emerging and in return urging the performing arts industry to make a reform. People are fascinated with Immersive Theater such as Sleep No More, interactive media exhibition such as Team Lab, and new types of theater experience such as Pandora – The World of Avatar in the theme park Disney's Animal Kingdom. Performers are no longer limited to the stage, while audiences are no longer bounded to the seats. 

    How will new technologies such as VR\AR transform the future stage? How soon will AI (Artificial Intelligence) be able to write a play, since it already writes poetry pretty well? How will Blockchain technology protect IP and benefit the entertainment industry? How should we educate our next generation through theater? These are all great questions that haven't yet been answered. And that's the reason why we founded this Travel Fellowship to attract people from different disciplines to give us their unique perspectives about the theater of the future. We'll then give the most insightful minds an opportunity to continue exploring the research topic in a global scale.

    IMPORTANT DATES:

    • April 30th, 2018: Registration open
    • July 16th, 2018: Submission open
    • Aug 27th, 2018: Registration & Submission officially close.
    • Aug 28th-Sep 14th: In-house selection
    • Sep 17th, 2018: Recipients announcement
    • Oct-Dec 2018: Winners get ready for the trip
    • Dec. 2018: Winners return to US, complete and present their study report

    AWARD:

    • Lotus Lee Foundation will pay for the one-week trip to Shanghai China, including
      • round-trip flight tickets (worth $1500)
      • 7 days hotel stay (worth $500)
      • $200 cash reimbursement for show tickets and/or related research expense (recipes required)
    • Studio visit to Lotus Lee Drama Studio
      • one of the most innovative theater companies in China
      • producer of the market hit piece  “Three Body Problem Part I”
    • 1 year free membership on Cennarium.com (worth $100)
    • Invitation to the award ceremony
    • US and China media exposure 

    https://www.lotus-lee.foundation/lotus-lee-travel-fellowship/ 

     

    INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

    Sustainable Arts Foundation

    INFO: Sustainable Arts Foundation – a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families – is committed to offering half of its awards to applicants of color.

    Writers may apply in one of the following categories:

    • Creative Nonfiction
    • Early and Middle Grade Fiction
    • Fiction
    • Graphic Novels
    • Long Form Journalism
    • Picture Books
    • Playwriting
    • Poetry
    • Young Adult Fiction

    AWARD: $5,000

    DEADLINE: August 31, 2018

    apply.sustainableartsfoundation.org/

    THEATER -- JULY 2018

    MARIO FRATTI-FRED NEWMAN POLITICAL PLAY CONTEST

    Castillo Theatre

    INFO: The Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest is intended to encourage the writing of progressive plays that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our communities. 

    The contest encourages scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and new ways of experiencing theatrical performance.  Castillo welcomes scripts from all countries and cultures.

    The plays submitted to the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest may be written in any style, set in any historical time, geographic or imaginary location, contain any number of characters and be of any length. The plays must be in English and cannot be musicals or adaptations. No scripts will be considered that have previously been submitted to this contest, have received a production or won other contests. Only one script per playwright per year will be accepted.

    The contest is judged by a team of distinguished theatre artists.

    PRIZE: The winning script(s) will receive a reading at the Castillo Theatre in New York City during the theatre’s 2019 summer season.

    DEADLINE: July 1, 2018

    castillo.org/playwriting-contest/

     

    SUITE/SPACE RFP

    Mabou Mines

    INFO: Mabou Mines' new performance initiative SUITE/Space provides artistic mentorship, rehearsal space, and public performances in our 99-seat theater to artists that reflect NYC’s rich cultural landscape and share Mabou Mines’ commitment to breaking new ground in form and content.

    SUITE/Space is open to artists of color from historically underrepresented communities, especially those from the outer-boroughs of NYC, who exhibit a commitment to experimentation and a collaborative creative process. Multimedia, music, dance, theater, and cross-disciplinary projects are accepted.

    Proposed projects should be either near production-ready or previously produced.

    SUITE/Space Artists Will Receive:

    • A $ 3,000 stipend and a 50-50 box office split.
    • 30 hours of rehearsal space in Mabou Mines’ sunlit studio in the East Village.
    • Technical and administrative support.
    • Studio visits with the program’s artistic advisors.
    • 10 hours of technical rehearsal in the theater.
    • Three SUITE/Space performances in a festival-like setting at Mabou Mines.

    IMPORTANT DATES:

    DEADLINE: July 2, 2018

    The 2019 SUITE/Space Program: September 2018 – January/February 2019.

    maboumines.org/suite-space-rfp/?utm_source=Mabou+Mines+Updates&utm_campaign=211aeb80b1-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_05_08&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_06da9cf5be-211aeb80b1-116858919&mc_cid=211aeb80b1&mc_eid=e1099a1e39

     

    NEW PLAYS FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

    Creede Repertory Theatre

    INFO: One-third of CRT’s productions are new works, and every year CRT commissions a new show for its celebrated Young Audience Outreach Tour (YAOT). The goal of this program is to bring theatre to thousands of kids in rural and underserved communities throughout the Southwest while creating an exciting opportunity for emerging playwrights. 

    Bilingual (English/Spanish) plays are preferred, but not required. With 35 years of successful productions we are looking for playwrights interested in working among a collaborative artistic team.

    DEADLINE: July 2, 2018

    creederep.org/new-plays-young-audiences/

     

    NATIVE VOICES AT THE AUTRY: CALL FOR SCRIPTS

    Autry Museum of the American West

    INFO: Short plays submitted will be considered for Native Voices’ 8th Annual Short Play Festival, to take place in November 2018 at the American Indian Arts Marketplace at the Autry in Los Angeles.

    Whet your appetite for clever, funny, dramatic, and thoughtful 10-minute scripts – the theme of this year’s short play festival is FOOD. It brings us together as families, it can be both a commodity and a lack. Frybread… delicious, disastrous, or both?

    FOOD… culture is delicious.

    The theme of the 8th Annual Short Play Festival is FOOD. Native Voices invites playwrights to answer the question: what’s on the table in Native country? Like music or dance, food is a cultural expression. Food can be as simple as what’s served for dinner, as complicated as the legacy of frybread, or as devastating as water shortages and climate change on subsistence hunting and traditional ways of harvesting a living from the land. Plays can be fun-spirited or political, funny or dramatic. Scripts that are longer than 15 pages or read aloud at longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted. Fresh, surprising perspectives are welcome, and unique theatricality is a must.

    Please note that we only accept submissions written for the stage or theatre by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations artists.

    DEADLINE: July 20, 2018

    theautry.org/events/signature-programs/native-voices/annual-call-scripts

     

    LIVING ROOM SERIES SERIES SUBMISSIONS

    The Blank Theatre

    INFO: We are now accepting submissions for the 27th season of The Living Room Series, our New Play Development program which embodies The Blank’s commitment to developing new work by both established and emerging writers. Submissions by women, playwrights of color, and other under-represented voices are strongly encouraged.  

    The Living Room Series takes place on Monday evenings at the 2nd Stage Theater in Hollywood between Labor Day and Memorial Day. The Living Room Series offers a week-long collaborative rehearsal process for the playwright, director and actors to explore and refine the play before presenting it to an audience. The performances are minimally staged, with actors carrying scripts, and are a wonderful opportunity for the playwright to get a sense of the play’s full potential.

    The Blank accepts plays for consideration for our Living Room Series (workshops of new plays) via Submittable. Submissions by women, playwrights of color, and other under-represented voices are strongly encouraged. The Blank is firmly committed to supporting gender parity and diversity. 

    DEADLINE: July 21, 2018

    theblank.submittable.com/submit/42927/living-room-series-submissions

     

    THEATER -- JUNE 2018

    MARIO FRATTI-FRED NEWMAN POLITICAL PLAY CONTEST

    Castillo Theatre

    INFO: The Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest is intended to encourage the writing of progressive plays that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our communities. 

    The contest encourages scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and new ways of experiencing theatrical performance.  Castillo welcomes scripts from all countries and cultures.

    The plays submitted to the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest may be written in any style, set in any historical time, geographic or imaginary location, contain any number of characters and be of any length. The plays must be in English and cannot be musicals or adaptations. No scripts will be considered that have previously been submitted to this contest, have received a production or won other contests. Only one script per playwright per year will be accepted.

    The contest is judged by a team of distinguished theatre artists.

    PRIZE: The winning script(s) will receive a reading at the Castillo Theatre in New York City during the theatre’s 2019 summer season.

    DEADLINE: July 1, 2018

    castillo.org/playwriting-contest/

    THEATER -- MAY 2018

    I AM SOUL - PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY

    National Black Theatre 

    INFO: The annual I AM SOUL - Playwright Residency program recognizes Black playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the theatrical field. Alongside NBT’s Theatre Arts Director, the selected playwright will develop a new play during the eighteen (18) month residency. The program provides the playwright with a stipend, administrative and dramaturgical support, in-house readings, and one 29-hour workshop. This process culminates with a Workshop Production in NBT’s following season. 

    With I AM SOUL, NBT seeks to deepen the artistic relationship between Black theatrical institutions and Black playwrights in order to re-establish Black theatrical institutions as the foremost supporters and producers of new works created by Black playwrights.

    IMPORTANT DATES:

    • Deadline: May 1, 2018
    • Finalists Notified: June 10, 2018
    • Recipient Notified: July 13, 2018
    • Residency: September 1, 2018 – March 31, 2020

    bit.ly/1VcfizW

     

    THE RELENTLESS AWARD

    The American Playwright Foundation

    INFO: The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.

    Submissions by first-time playwrights, women and playwrights are encouraged.

    PRIZE:

    • $45,000
    • The option to have the winning play published by the Dramatists Play Service
    • A week-long residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York. The author can elect to have a director, a dramaturg and actors join him or her while in residence on the farm
    • The selected play will also have a national roll-out through the Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series, established to help bring to life and develop the winning play by presenting a series of staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States

     Three runners-up will also be named.

    DEADLINE: 11:59pm EST on May 15, 2018

    americanplaywritingfoundation.org/the-relentless-award.html

    THEATER -- APRIL 2018

    FADE TO BLACK FESTIVAL

     INFO: Fade to Black Play Festival seeks original, 10-minute plays not previously produced, and written by an African American playwright.  Only three (3) scripts submissions are allowed per playwright.

    AWARD: One grand prize winner will be chosen by audience vote and awarded a cash prize. 

    SUBMISSION FEE: $0

    DEADLINE: April 1, 2018

    fadetoblackfest.com/

     

    GOING TO THE RIVER FESTIVAL 2018

    INFO: GOING TO THE RIVER (GTTR) is now accepting submissions for the Going To The River Festival 2018. The GTTR Festival 2018 will be at Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) in New York City in July 2018.

    The Festival will consist of never produced full-length work and short plays. The plays must be by women of color and by playwrights who live in the New York Tri-state area.

    DEADLINE: April 12, 2018

    goingtotheriver.com/gttr-programs.html

     

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

    MacDowell Colony

    INFO: The MacDowell Colony is the nation’s leading artist colony. The Colony nurtures the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination. 

    Each year about 300 Fellowships, or residencies, are awarded to artists in seven disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. A Fellowship consists of exclusive use of a private studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for two weeks to two months. MacDowell does not offer classes or instruction.

    MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics. 

    DEADLINE: April 15, 2018

    macdowellcolony.org/apply

     

    WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE

    The Kerouac Project

    INFO: The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. In the past they have accepted writers with no formal writing education alongside those with MFA’s and impressive résumés. You will be judged on the quality of the writing sample you submit. Each residency consists of approximately a three-month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. As writer-in-residence, all you are required to do is live in the Kerouac House during your residency, work on your writing project, and participate in two events—a Welcome Potluck dinner for you, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.

    You will be required to select a category into which your submission fits. The categories are: Poetry, Play, Screenplay, Fiction/Short Story, and Nonfiction.

    STIPEND: Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included.

    RESIDENCY SLOTS:

    • Fall 2018: September 1 through November 22, 2018
    • Winter 2018–2019: December 1, 2018, through February 21, 2019
    • Spring 2019: March 1 through May 23, 2019
    • Summer 2019: June 1 through August 22, 2019

    SUBMISSION FEE: $30

    DEADLINE: April 16, 2018

    kerouacproject.org/submissions/

    THEATER -- MARCH 2018

    WRITING FELLOWSHIP

    The Playwrights Realm

    INFO: The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship Program awards four early-career playwrights with nine months of resources, workshops and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals. Over the course of the season, Fellows develop a single new play. Monthly group meetings provide a collaborative, energizing space for writers to share and refine their work. One-on-one meetings with The Realm's artistic staff support each writer's specific artistic process. Fellows work with a director, design consultants, and actors over the course of two readings to see their work come to life. Professional development resources are also an integral part of the program and are tailored to the individual group of Writing Fellows. Mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets, and professional seminars are designed to shed light on the business of theatre, and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own careers. The culminating event of the program is our INK’D Festival, which features a public reading of each Fellow's play.

    AWARD:

    • $3,000 Award
    • Internal reading
    • Public reading
    • Professional development activities
    • Access to Realm office resources
    • An occasional hug

    DEADLINE: March 4, 2018

    playwrightsrealm.org/fellow-app/

     

    PLAYWRIGHTS’ WEEK 2018

    Lark Theatre

    INFO: Playwrights’ Week, The Lark’s Open Access Program, seeks to provide development opportunities for new and diverse voices for the theater by identifying and advancing promising plays that reveal unheard and vital perspectives. This submissions program allows The Lark to serve a wide range of playwrights through a multistage selection process with an emphasis on inclusion and advocacy.   

    Our support criteria emphasizes ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful, and theatrical work by writers with clear artistic goals who are open to a collaborative development process.

    Writers selected for Playwrights’ Week are provided with ten hours of rehearsal and a public staged reading to address self-defined developmental goals for their plays, as well as opportunities to engage with fellow participants in a peer-based community of support and conversation.

    A complete submission is composed of two parts:

    • A completed application form.
    • A full-length script, with your name or any identifying information removed as we are committed to an anonymous initial review.

    DEADLINE: March 30, 2018

    larktheatre.org/get-involved/submit-play/

     

    FADE TO BLACK FESTIVAL

     INFO: Fade to Black Play Festival seeks original, 10-minute plays not previously produced, and written by an African American playwright.  Only three (3) scripts submissions are allowed per playwright.

    AWARD: One grand prize winner will be chosen by audience vote and awarded a cash prize. 

    SUBMISSION FEE: $0

    DEADLINE: April 1, 2018

    fadetoblackfest.com/

    THEATER -- FEBRUARY 2018

    U.S.-JAPAN CREATIVE ARTISTS EXCHANGE FELLOWSHIPS

    Japan-United States Friendship Commission

    INFO: The Japan U.S. Friendship Commission offers leading contemporary and traditional artists from the United States the opportunity to spend three to five months in Japan through the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program.  Artists go as seekers, as cultural visionaries, and as living liaisons to the traditional and contemporary cultural life of Japan.  They also go as connectors who share knowledge and bring back knowledge. Their interaction with the Japanese public and the outlook they bring home provide exceptional opportunities to promote cultural understanding between the United States and Japan.

    Since 1978, the Japan-US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) have worked  with the Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan and the International House of Japan (I-House) to organize the United States-Japan Creative Artists’ Program. Each year five leading U.S.-based artists, representing all genres, are selected from the United States and are provided funding to spend three months in Japan.

    This residency program allows the artists to research and experience both the traditional and contemporary artistic milieu of Japan. Artists are free to live anywhere in the country to pursue activities of greatest relevance to their creative process. While many artists chose to remain in Tokyo, others live in Kyoto or other cities, and still others work in rural settings or travel around the countryside. The International House of Japan provides in-depth orientation materials, expert advice and professional contacts, as well as logistical support during the residency period.

    Primary Eligibility:

    • Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
    • Candidates must live and work professionally primarily in the United States.
    • Candidates must be professional creative artists (contemporary or traditional) working as: architects, choreographers, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, librettists, visual artists and solo theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, and performance artists). For additional eligibility requirements, please click here.

    AWARD: A grant award of $20,000 for three months, and $28,000 for up to five months will be provided to each artist to cover housing, living and professional expenses.  Artists will be responsible for converting their U.S. Dollar award into Japanese Yen.  The Commission will also provide grantees up to $2,000 to cover the cost of their round-trip transportation to Japan.

    DEADLINE: February 1, 2018 at 11:59 EST

    jusfc.gov/creative-artists-programs/

     

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2018 FESTIVAL

    OKC Theatre

    INFO: The Oklahoma City Theatre Company annual Native American New Play Festival is at the heart of their regular season offerings. They invite Native American, Alaska Native, Hawaiian, First Nations and Indigenous Mexico playwrights to submit full-length scripts (60 pages or more) written for the stage from an Indigenous perspective. All themes and topics are welcomed. Plays may focus on historical or present-day issues. They are especially interested in plays that center on an Oklahoma tribe and tribal history within the state.

    Full length plays are evaluated by a panel comprised of Native American theatre artists and invested community members. The panel will select 2-3 plays for a staged reading during the festival based on originality, theatricality, and execution. Finalist will receive a staged reading with actors and a director during the festival weekend events.  An audience talk back will follow the readings. A fully realized production will be awarded to one of the staged reading finalists and showcased as the featured production the following festival year during the Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s regular season.

    DEADLINE: February 15, 2018

    okctc.org/?page_id=4167

     

    NEW WORK INITIATIVE

    Lotus Lee Foundation

    INFO: Welcome to the 1st year of our New Work Initiative Playwright Award! The primary goal is to bring the best theatre from the United States to China and vice versa. And to foster and encourage new voices and share your stories. This is why they’re interested in new works from artists like you.

    They have an open submission where you can submit your new work at no cost to you. A panel of esteemed judges will choose 5 works. They'll produce the best one in 2019 with a significant budget for a year-long tour in China with a potential remount in the States.

    1st Place Winner: 

    • Lotus Lee Foundation Contract: Fully Produced Tour in China
    • 1st Place Certificate 

    2nd Place Winner:

    • Cash Price: $500
    • Professional Advice on your Play from Judges
    • 2nd Place Certificate

    3rd Place Winner:

    • Cash Price: $300
    • Professional Advice on your Play from Judges
    • 3rd Place Certificate

    2 Honorable Mentions: 

    • Honorable Mention Certificate
    • Professional Advice on your Play from Judges

    Fully Produced Tour in China (2019):

    • They will produce the full production in China
    • Casting help and hiring of creative team as needed
    • Housing/Transportation for team
    • VISA/passort help
    • Paid round-trip for creative team and cast
    • Paid transport of production elements

    DEADLINE: February 18th, 2018

    lotus-lee.foundation/submission/

     

    CALL FOR SUBMISSION: 2018 NUWORKS

    Pan Asian Repertory

    INFO: The Pan Asian Repertory is accepting submissions for their 2018 NuWorks 1-week performance. Performing June 12-18, 2018 in Studio Theater at Theatre Row. NuWorks presents a wide range of new work from emerging artists who dare to explore different genres and techniques.

    GUIDELINES:

    • News works (solo or duo show preferred) that is fully rehearsed and READY to perform as only one rehearsal in May/June.
    • Work can be any style (comedy, drama, cabaret, musical, dance, experimental, etc.) at 15-45 minutes in length.         
    • Work previously not presented in New York City is preferred.
    • Shows should be low tech (no projections), high quality in content, and provide own props and costumes.
    • We are looking for a diversity of voices, does not have to reflect contemporary Asian American themes.
    • Pan Asian will provide artist stipend, rehearsal, theatre space, and marketing/PR.

    Please submit a one-page resume (of each collaborator), title, synopsis and developmental history, script, and list of tech needs. Please submit the materials in PDF format to info@panasianrep.org.

    If you have any questions, email info@panasianrep.org.

    DEADLINE: February 21, 2018

    nycp.blogspot.com/2018/01/pan-asian-rep-nuworks-2018.html

     

     

     

    THEATER - JANUARY 2018

    CALL FOR SCRIPTS

    Association for Theatre in Higher Education

    INFO: ATHE's Playwrights and Creative Teams Program (PACT) seeks new, previously unproduced short plays for its annual New Play Development Workshop at the ATHE Conference in BOSTON, MA, August 1-5, 2018. The 2018 ATHE Conference focuses on revolution, resistance, and protest, and the multiple ways these ideas – and the actions that spring from them.

    They invite playwrights to submit plays ranging in length from 4-10 minutes (Scripts longer than ten pages– not including cover page - will not be accepted) There is no restriction on subject matter, style, or intended audience. They are particularly interested in scripts addressing themes of revolution of any type and/or explores the question of how might we create art that is aesthetically revolutionary and that activates audiences to make lasting social change? They welcome scripts representing a range of global perspectives of race, culture, language, disability, gender, nationality, and political worldview. A jury of readers will select six to eight scripts. Each playwright will be assigned a director, dramaturg, scenographer, and a group of actors; these creative teams collaborate on the scripts throughout the conference in a developmental process (participants may attend the rest of the conference). The workshop culminates in a public, script-in-hand reading of the plays in a SHOWCASE OF SCRIPTS on last day of the conference on Sunday, August 5th.

    Each year they are committed to including a student playwright for one of the ten minute plays selected for the ATHE conference. If you are a student, please be sure to note that in your submission.

    The New Play Development Workshop affords playwrights the opportunity to work on their scripts with artists experienced with original material from all over the country and to have their work presented at a major academic theatre conference. In past years, plays that have gone through this process have been published in a PACT Program anthology. These plays achieve a high rate of success in securing subsequent productions and publication.

    DEADLINE: January 5, 2018 at 11:59 EST

    athe.org/blogpost/1121101/286209/Call-for-Scripts

     

    NEW WORK INITIATIVE

    Lotus Lee Foundation

    INFO: Welcome to the 1st year of the New Work Initiative Playwright Award! And this submission program will be an annual event. The primary goal is to bring the best theatre from the United States to China and vice versa. And to foster and encourage new voices and share your stories.

     This open submission will remain open until January 2018 when our panel of esteemed judges will choose 5 works. They'll produce the best one in 2019 with a significant budget for a year-long tour in China with a potential remount in the States.

    AWARDS: 

    1st Place Winner: 

    • Lotus Lee Foundation Contract: Fully Produced Tour in China
    • 1st Place Certificate

    2nd Place Winner:

    • Cash Price: $500
    • Professional Advice on your Play from our Judges
    • 2nd Place Certificate

    3rd Place Winner:

    • Cash Price: $300
    • Professional Advice on your Play from our Judges
    • 3rd Place Certificate

    2 Honorable Mentions: 

    • Honorable Mention Certificate
    • Professional Advice on your Play from our Judges

    Fully Produced Tour in China (2019):

    • They will produce the full production in China
    • Casting help and hiring of creative team as needed
    • Housing/Transportation for team
    • VISA/passport help
    • Paid round-trip for creative team and cast
    • Paid transport of production elements

    FEE: $0

    DEADLINE: January 5, 2018

    lotus-lee.foundation/submission/

     

    LEAH RYAN’S FUND FOR EMERGING WOMEN WRITERS

    INFO: All women who consider themselves emerging playwrights (as distinct from fledgling or mid-career playwrights) are eligible to apply for the 2018 FEWW Prize. Playwrights from all over the world are encouraged to apply, but the play must be written in English. Eligibility does not require that a submitted work adhere to the traditional three-act structure. One-acts, two-acts (even four-, five-, six- acts), monologues, adaptations, and any other wild (or deceptively tame) format will be considered with equal seriousness. The only absolute requirement is that the submitted text be a completed full-length work for theater.

    The winner will be chosen by a readers committee selected by the board members of Leah Ryan's FEWW, and will be presented her award as part of the 2018 Lily Awards, which honors the work of women in American theater. In addition, the winner will receive a cash prize of $2,500, a workshop at the Vassar Powerhouse Theater, and a reading of her play in New York City. A stipend of up to $700 for travel and accommodation will be provided by FEWW if necessary.

    Finalists will be contacted in early March and will have one week within which to submit their full play.

    DEADLINE: January 8, 2018 

    leahryansfeww.com/apply.html

      

    JEROME FELLOWSHIP

    The Playwright Center

    INFO: The Playwrights’ Center's Jerome Fellowships provide emerging American playwrights with funds and services to aid them in the development of their craft.

    Fellows will receive an $18,000 stipend, plus an additional $2,000 in development support. Fellows spend a year-long residency in Minnesota, working in an individualized and hands-on way with the Playwrights’ Center artistic staff—some of the most experienced and connected theater professionals in the country.

    Beyond the financial stipend, the value of fellowships is more than doubled with the year-long support the Playwrights’ Center adds through workshops with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors—and through the connections the Center makes between playwrights and producers of new work. This holistic and customized combination of financial support, access to talent, and professional connections is career-changing for most playwrights.

    Fellows commit to spending the 12-month fellowship period in Minnesota and actively participating in the Center's programs. Housing and travel are not provided.

    Playwrights may not receive more than two Jerome Fellowships.

    DEADLINE: January 11, 2018

    pwcenter.slideroom.com/#/login/program/38408

     

    INKTANK

    Rising Circle Theater

    INFO: INKtank is Rising Circle Theater Collective's play development intensive for playwrights of color. INKtank has a two-fold mission: providing emerging playwrights of color an artistic home, and creating the structure and support to refine, rewrite and reimagine a new play. After 12 weeks, the final drafts of the INKtank plays are presented at PlayRISE, a culminating play festival of new works.  

    The INKtank Lab is currently seeking 3-4 writers of color who are invested in the revision process of their own work and of their peers and the rigorous pursuit of their artistic goals.  The lab is facilitated by INKtank alums, Raquel Almazan (La Esperanza, or The Hopefulness) and Monet Hurst-Mendoza (Lilia, Veil'd) 

    INKtank alumni have been produced or developed by, and have received awards from Clubbed Thumb, Women's Project Theater, The Public Theater, New Dramatists, The Playwright's Realm, New York Theater Workshop, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, The Dramatists Guild, and The Sundance Institute, Princess Grace Award, and the National Latino Playwriting Award. They have also been featured writers on Jane The Virgin and Parenthood. 

    DEADLINE: January 12, 2018

    risingcircle.submittable.com/submit

     

    HELENE WURLITZER FOUNDATION RETREAT

    INFO: The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico provides residency grants to people who specialize in the creative arts. The foundation accepts applications from and offers residency grants to painters, poets, sculptors, writers, playwrights, screenwriters, composers, photographers and filmmakers, of national and international origin.

    The Foundation offers three months of rent-free and utility-paid housing to grantees. Our eleven guest houses, or casitas, are fully furnished and provide residents with a peaceful setting in which to pursue their creative endeavors.

    The HWF also provides academic scholarships to graduating high school seniors pursuing degrees in the creative arts.

    The Foundation offers three sessions a year: 
    • Session 1 (mid January - mid April) 
    • Session 2 (June - mid August) 
    • Session 3 (early September - early December)

    What is included in the residency?

    The HWF grants rent-free and utility-paid housing on the foundation campus, providing artists with their own fully furnished home and a peaceful setting in which to pursue their creative endeavors. The HWF places no expectations or requirements on the artists in residence; It is the gift of time and space. In addition to the casitas, the HWF campus includes the Commons House w/ wi-fi, Library, The Main House, and laundry facilities. Residents are responsible for their own food and transportation, although the Foundation does provide bicycles for artists in residence. 

    What artistic disciplines are eligible for a residency grant?

    • Visual artists: painters, illustrators, photographers, sculptors, filmmakers, ceramicists 
    • Literary artists: writers, poets, playwrights & screenwriters 
    • Music composers and songwriters

    Literary artists must submit hard-copy work samples. Include a cover sheet containing your contact info and table of contents, but please omit names and contact info on the writing samples themselves

    • Writers: samples should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages 
    • Poets: a maximum of six poems. 
    • Playwrights: include one complete play. 
    • Screenwriters: include one complete screenplay. 

    APPLICATION FEE: $25

    DEADLINE: January 18, 2018

    wurlitzerfoundation.org/apply

     

    MCKNIGHT FELLOWSHIP IN PLAYWRITING

    The Playwright Center

    INFO: The McKnight Fellowships in Playwriting recognize playwrights whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field, and whose primary residence is in the state of Minnesota.

    The fellowship includes:

    • A $25,000 stipend
    • $2,500 to support a play development workshop and other professional expenses
    • $1,400 in travel funds

    Past recipients include: Carlyle Brown, Lisa D’Amour, Barbara Field, Keli Garrett, Jeffrey Hatcher, Christina Ham, Cory Hinkle, Carson Kreitzer, Melanie Marnich, Greg Moss, Kira Obolensky, and Dominic Orlando.

    Applicants must have been continuous residents of Minnesota since July 1, 2017, and must maintain residency in Minnesota during the fellowship year.

    Applicants must have a minimum of one work fully produced by a professional theater at the time of application.

    DEADLINE: January 18, 2018

    pwcenter.slideroom.com/#/login/program/37175

     

    U.S.-JAPAN CREATIVE ARTISTS EXCHANGE FELLOWSHIPS

    Japan-United States Friendship Commission

    INFO: The Japan U.S. Friendship Commission offers leading contemporary and traditional artists from the United States the opportunity to spend three to five months in Japan through the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program.  Artists go as seekers, as cultural visionaries, and as living liaisons to the traditional and contemporary cultural life of Japan.  They also go as connectors who share knowledge and bring back knowledge. Their interaction with the Japanese public and the outlook they bring home provide exceptional opportunities to promote cultural understanding between the United States and Japan.

    Since 1978, the Japan-US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) have worked  with the Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan and the International House of Japan (I-House) to organize the United States-Japan Creative Artists’ Program. Each year five leading U.S.-based artists, representing all genres, are selected from the United States and are provided funding to spend three months in Japan.

    This residency program allows the artists to research and experience both the traditional and contemporary artistic milieu of Japan. Artists are free to live anywhere in the country to pursue activities of greatest relevance to their creative process. While many artists chose to remain in Tokyo, others live in Kyoto or other cities, and still others work in rural settings or travel around the countryside. The International House of Japan provides in-depth orientation materials, expert advice and professional contacts, as well as logistical support during the residency period.

    Primary Eligibility:

    • Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
    • Candidates must live and work professionally primarily in the United States.
    • Candidates must be professional creative artists (contemporary or traditional) working as: architects, choreographers, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, librettists, visual artists and solo theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, and performance artists). For additional eligibility requirements, please click here.

    AWARD: A grant award of $20,000 for three months, and $28,000 for up to five months will be provided to each artist to cover housing, living and professional expenses.  Artists will be responsible for converting their U.S. Dollar award into Japanese Yen.  The Commission will also provide grantees up to $2,000 to cover the cost of their round-trip transportation to Japan.

    DEADLINE: February 1, 2018 at 11:59 EST

    jusfc.gov/creative-artists-programs/

     

     

    THEATER - DECEMBER 2017

    MCKNIGHT NATIONAL RESIDENCY AND COMMISSION

    Playwrights’ Center 

    INFO: Supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation, this program aids in the commissioning and development of new works from nationally recognized playwrights.  

    Benefits include:

    • A $15,000 commission
    • At least two U.S. round-trip airline tickets
    • Housing during the residency period
    • Up to $5,750 in workshop funds to support the development of the play
    • A public reading of the commissioned play

     DEADLINE: December 7, 2017

    pwcenter.org/programs/mcknight-national-residency-and-commission

     

    MANY VOICES FELLOWSHIP

    Playwrights' Center

    INFO: Many Voices Fellowships are awarded to artists of color with previous playwriting experience and/or training.

    Many Voices Fellowships provide an $18,000 stipend and $2,000 in play development funds. Fellows spend a year-long residency in Minnesota, working in an individualized and hands-on way with the Playwrights’ Center artistic staff—some of the most experienced and connected theater professionals in the country.

    Beyond the financial stipend, the value of fellowships is more than doubled with the year-long support the Playwrights’ Center adds through workshops with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors and through the connections the Center makes between playwrights and producers of new work. This holistic and customized combination of financial support, access to talent, and professional connections is career-changing for most playwrights.

    Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

    Applicants may not have had more than one play fully produced by professional theaters at the time of the application.

    Fellows commit to spending the 12-month fellowship period in Minnesota and actively participating in the Center's programs. Housing and travel are not provided.

    Playwrights may not receive more than two Many Voices Fellowships. A previous Many Voices Fellowship recipient applying for a second fellowship must submit a different play than the play that accompanied the successful previous application.

    Current or past Playwrights' Center Core Writers, Jerome Fellows, or McKnight Playwriting Fellows are not eligible to apply.

    DEADLINE: December 14, 2017

    pwcenter.slideroom.com/#/login/program/38410

     

    MANY VOICES MENTORSHIP

    Playwrights' Center

    INFO: The Many Voices Mentorship is awarded to one Minnesota-based beginning playwright of color. The mentorship focuses on the nuts and bolts of playwriting through a curated package of writing and development services intended to aid the participant toward the completion of a play script.

    The mentorship provides a $2,000 stipend as well as free access to over $1,500 in services designed to introduce beginning playwrights to the craft of playwriting. These services include a staged reading with professional actors, two six-week classes taught by leading playwriting professionals, an array of one-night seminars, and a two-year Playwrights' Center membership. The mentorship recipient attends quarterly meetings with Many Voices program coordinator Christina Ham as well as scheduled consultations with other Playwrights' Center artistic staff.

    Recipients must maintain residency in Minnesota, within 75 miles of the Twin Cities, during the mentorship year.

    Current or past Playwrights' Center Core Writers or recipients of other Playwrights' Center fellowships are not eligible to apply.

    Participants may apply to repeat the Mentorship for a second year, but may not be repeat the program more than once.

    Students who will be in K-12 education programs during the mentorship year are not eligible. Students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs are eligible, provided the artist maintains a current and active professional practice of creating and presenting work to the public.

    Recipients are required to participate in at least one six-week class in the fall and at least one in the winter/spring.

    DEADLINE: December 14, 2017

    pwcenter.slideroom.com/#/login/program/38412

    THEATER - NOVEMBER 2017

    2018 NATIONAL LATINO PLAYWRITING AWARD

    Arizona Theatre Company

    INFO: Submissions for the 2018 National Latino Playwriting Award are now open. Latino playwrights residing in the United States, its territories or Mexico are encouraged to submit scripts for the award. Each script will be read and evaluated by a culturally diverse panel of theatre artists; finalists will be judged by ATC artistic staff.

    IMPORTANT DATES:

    • Deadline: November 15, 2017
    • Notification: By August 1, 2018

    arizonatheatre.org/national-latino-playwriting-award/

     

    2018 - BEATRICE TERRY RESIDENCY PROGRAM

    The Drama League

    INFO: The Beatrice Terry Residency is designed exclusively for women or women-identified artists who both write AND direct their own work. It is not intended for a director who would like to write a play, or for a writer who has never directed...but rather, someone who identifies a place in both disciplines professionally. The residency includes:

    REHEARSAL SPACE: up to a maximum 29 hours of rehearsal in the Stewart F. Lane/Bonnie Comley Studio Lab at The Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca.

    WORKSHOP STIPEND: A stipend for the developmental expenses of the residency will be awarded. Amounts awarded are determined by the selection committee; in 2015 the BEATRICE TERRY RESIDENCY received $3500.  Applicants will be notified of the amount of the stipend before committing to the residency.

    PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP: The artist will receive periodic mentorship from Drama League staff.

    WORK-IN-PROGRESS SHOWINGS: The work will receive an in-progress showings at the Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca.

    SUBMISSION FEE: $12

    DEADLINE: November 17, 2017

    dramaleague.submittable.com/submit/94325/2018-beatrice-terry-residency-application

     

    THE MAX AFFORD PLAYWRIGHTS AWARD

    Playwriting Australia

    INFO: The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award is offered by Perpetual and administered by Playwriting Australia. It was created “to promote interest in Australian drama and to encourage the writing of plays in Australia, to help and give incentive to young writers of plays.” The award is an initiative of the late Thelma May Afford, who in her will established a fund to offer a periodical prize in memory of her husband.

    Malcolm ‘Max’ Afford was an Australian playwright and novelist. He was renowned for his stage scripts and radio plays which explored Australian settings and subjects through a macabre style of drama. He was survived by his wife Thelma May Afford who established this award to foster and support playwrights, while improving the public appreciation of young writing talent of Australia.

    AWARD: $30,000, which includes $15,000 cash to the writer and up to $15,000 towards creative development with a director, dramaturg and a cast of actors. It is currently their intention that the workshop will take place as part of the National Play Festival, 21-24 March, 2018.

    To be eligible for the award the play cannot be produced, or scheduled for production before April 2018. It must be over one hour in duration. Plays that have previously received support from Playwriting Australia are not eligible, but you may resubmit a work. The Max Afford Estate have created this award to be given to a young playwright, to enable them to further their education in the field of drama, to improve their creative writing and, to improve the general public’s appreciation of Australian drama and playwrights. They have defined young playwrights to be between the ages of 18 and 40.

    DEADLINE: November 19, 2017, 11.59pm EST

    pwa.org.au/programmes/max-afford-award/

    THEATER - OCTOBER 2017

    RED DRAGONFLY NEW WRITING COMPETITION

    Red Dragonfly Productions

    INFO: Red Dragonfly Productions in association with Grist To The Mill are running a New Writing Festival and are looking for new and emerging writers from British East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian communities who are interested in contributing and sharing their contemporary and traditional stories.

    They are not only looking for established writers but potential writers of any ability or experience, their in house dramaturge, Ross Ericson, will support you throughout your script development.

    After they have reviewed submissions, they will be inviting up to ten successful applicants to a free one day workshop – travel will be provided* – and from that workshop three applicants will be selected to have their plays produced and performed in our festival. (*depending on applicants’ bases.)

    If you want to be considered in the first instance please submit your story/idea. They will only accept submissions by email to submissions@gristtheatre.co.uk

    Successful participants will be invited to the workshop by the 16th October 2016 that will take place by the end of that month, at a place and time yet to be confirmed. The performances are scheduled to take place in February of 2017. Red Dragonfly New Writing Festival is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. 

    PRIZE: £1000 fee paid to each writer whose play is performed at the festival.  

    DEADLINE: October 1, 2017

    reddragonflyproductions.co.uk/#!upcoming/c1z71

     

    2050 FELLOWSHIP

    New York Theatre Workshop

    INFO: New York Theatre Workshop is seeking submissions from playwrights for its 2050 Fellowship, which is named in celebration of the U.S. Census Bureau’s projection that by the year 2050, there will be no single racial or ethnic majority in the United States.

    This projection provokes thoughts at New York Theatre Workshop about the transformations that will take place in the American landscape – technologically, environmentally, demographically and artistically. They are a catalyst for broader questions about our moral and artistic future.

    How do we define diversity? Whose stories aren’t being told? What lies ahead for our world?

    In response to these questions, NYTW’s expanded 2050 Artistic Fellowship program exists to support the diversity of voices and aesthetics that will make up this new minority majority.

    DEADLINE: October 17, 2016, at 5pm EST

    nytw.org/artist-workshop/2050-fellowships/

     

    THE CULTURAL DIASPORA AFRICAN-AMERICAN & AFRICAN PLAYWRIGHTS CREATIVE RESIDENCY

    The Carmargo Foundation

    INFO: The Camargo Foundation, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jerome Foundation, is excited to announce a four-week residency program for mid-career/established African-American and African playwrights.

    Four participants from the United States and four from the African continent, all of whom are interested in the intersection and interaction, whether historic or contemporary, between the United States and Africa, will be hosted at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.

    In recognition of the various ways in which theatre is created, an expanded version of "playwrights" will be used for this program. Please see page 6 for further explanation.

    The program is designed to offer participants time and space to:

    • Research, experiment & create: applicants may apply either with a specific project or a specific area of inquiry on which they would like to work during the residency. An area of inquiry should be specific and represent exploration and investigation in the resident’s field. The Camargo Foundation welcomes both open-ended exploration, or more focused works and long-term research projects;

    • Exchange & network: during the residency, discussions are held regularly to foster exchanges between the selected artists. In addition, the Camargo Foundation’s staff provides formal and informal links with local professionals to develop possible creative collaborations between the selected artists and the region of the Marseille-Provence area. The selected artists will also attend performances with other cultural organizations and artists in the MarseilleProvence area.

    DURATION: The program will take place from May 28 to June 25, 2018.

    STIPEND:  Each of the eight participants will receive plane fare, local transport to and from the home airport and Camargo, and both a stipend of $1,000 US and an honorarium of $1,000 US (making a total of $2,000 US per playwright/text creator) to participate.

    ACCOMODATION: Each artist will be provided a furnished apartment. The apartments are intended as the workspace for writing and electronic media. Additional workspace at Camargo may also be available, such as the library, or the painting studio and rehearsal space with a piano. Residents are expected to prepare their own meals.

    ACCOMPANYING FAMILY MEMBERS:  Spouses/adult partners and dependent minor children may accompany fellows for short stays or for the duration of the residency. Accompanying children must be at least six years old upon arrival and enrolled in and attending school or organized activities outside the Camargo Foundation campus, during the week.

    DEADLINE: October 19, 2017

    camargofoundation.org/fileadmin/user_upload/guidelines/The_Cultural_Diaspora_Guidelines_2018.pdf

     

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

    The Classical Theatre of Harlem

    INFO: Playwrights submit 10-12 pages of a new work in the early stages of development. Actors are cast on the spot and perform a cold reading, followed by a moderated audience feedback session. In addition to serving the development of new work, these readings give audiences a sneak peek into how new plays are created.

    Submit your work to Ms. Shawn René Graham, Literary Director at readings@cthnyc.org. No phone calls please. 

    • Plays/Excerpts may not have been previously produced. 
    • Playwrights may submit up to fifteen (15) pages only. 
    • Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document. 
    • Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted. 
    • critical topics that are at the heart of society.

    DEADLINE: Open

    cthnyc.org/reading-series/#1491626607486-8bf15b08-ad7e

    THEATER - SEPTEMBER 2017

    RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FELLOWSHIPS

    Harvard University

     INFO: The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts (including Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction/Biography/ Autobiography/Memoir, Nonfiction/Current Issues, Playwriting or Screenwriting, and other topics). 

    To be considered for a fellowship in fiction or nonfiction, applicants must have any of the following: one or more published books, contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript, or at least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published. Evidence of publication in print format within the last five years is highly desirable; Web site publications are not acceptable as the only form of previously published work. Applicants should note that reviewers take into account evidence of a distinctive, original voice, richness or dimensionality of text, and coherence in the project plan. Professionals interested in writing about their work experiences should apply in the category of nonfiction. Recommendations from editors and/or agents are not acceptable.

    STIPEND: Up to $77,500 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Some support for relocation expenses is provided where relevant. They work with fellows with families who have particular issues connected to relocating to smooth the transition. If so directed, Radcliffe will pay the stipend to the fellow’s home institution. Please note that they can only pay stipends to home institutions if they are US based. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September 2018 through May 31, 2019.

    Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. Since this is a residential fellowship, they expect fellows to reside in the Boston area during that period and to have their primary office at the Institute so that they can participate fully in the life of the community.

    Applicants will be notified by e-mail in March of the results.

    DEADLINE: September 14, 2017

    radcliffe.harvard.edu/fellowship-program/how-apply

     

    THE BALL GRANT

    The Playwriting Collective

    INFO: The Ball Grant is expressly designed for a writer who identifies as living in or emerging from a lower economic status.

    AWARD: $1,00

    DEADLINE: September 14, 2017

    theplaywritingcollective.com/the-ball-grant

     

    MACDOWELL COLONY RESIDENCY

    INFO: The MacDowell Colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.

    The Colony accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which the Colony defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way. MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice and investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. To that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply.  

    DEADLINE: September 15, 2017

    macdowellcolony.org/apply-appguidelines.html

     

    RED DRAGONFLY NEW WRITING COMPETITION

    Red Dragonfly Productions

    INFO: Red Dragonfly Productions in association with Grist To The Mill are running a New Writing Festival and are looking for new and emerging writers from British East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian communities who are interested in contributing and sharing their contemporary and traditional stories.

    They are not only looking for established writers but potential writers of any ability or experience, their in house dramaturge, Ross Ericson, will support you throughout your script development.

    After they have reviewed submissions, they will be inviting up to ten successful applicants to a free one day workshop – travel will be provided* – and from that workshop three applicants will be selected to have their plays produced and performed in our festival. (*depending on applicants’ bases.)

    If you want to be considered in the first instance please submit your story/idea. They will only accept submissions by email to submissions@gristtheatre.co.uk

    Successful participants will be invited to the workshop by the 16th October 2016 that will take place by the end of that month, at a place and time yet to be confirmed. The performances are scheduled to take place in February of 2017. Red Dragonfly New Writing Festival is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. 

    PRIZE: £1000 fee paid to each writer whose play is performed at the festival.  

    DEADLINE: October 1, 2017

    reddragonflyproductions.co.uk/#!upcoming/c1z71

     

    THE CULTURAL DIASPORA AFRICAN-AMERICAN & AFRICAN PLAYWRIGHTS CREATIVE RESIDENCY

    The Carmargo Foundation

    INFO: The Camargo Foundation, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jerome Foundation, is excited to announce a four-week residency program for mid-career/established African-American and African playwrights.

    Four participants from the United States and four from the African continent, all of whom are interested in the intersection and interaction, whether historic or contemporary, between the United States and Africa, will be hosted at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.

    In recognition of the various ways in which theatre is created, an expanded version of "playwrights" will be used for this program. Please see page 6 for further explanation.

    The program is designed to offer participants time and space to:

    • Research, experiment & create: applicants may apply either with a specific project or a specific area of inquiry on which they would like to work during the residency. An area of inquiry should be specific and represent exploration and investigation in the resident’s field. The Camargo Foundation welcomes both open-ended exploration, or more focused works and long-term research projects;

    • Exchange & network: during the residency, discussions are held regularly to foster exchanges between the selected artists. In addition, the Camargo Foundation’s staff provides formal and informal links with local professionals to develop possible creative collaborations between the selected artists and the region of the Marseille-Provence area. The selected artists will also attend performances with other cultural organizations and artists in the MarseilleProvence area.

    DURATION: The program will take place from May 28 to June 25, 2018.

    STIPEND:  Each of the eight participants will receive plane fare, local transport to and from the home airport and Camargo, and both a stipend of $1,000 US and an honorarium of $1,000 US (making a total of $2,000 US per playwright/text creator) to participate.

    ACCOMODATION: Each artist will be provided a furnished apartment. The apartments are intended as the workspace for writing and electronic media. Additional workspace at Camargo may also be available, such as the library, or the painting studio and rehearsal space with a piano. Residents are expected to prepare their own meals.

    ACCOMPANYING FAMILY MEMBERS:  Spouses/adult partners and dependent minor children may accompany fellows for short stays or for the duration of the residency. Accompanying children must be at least six years old upon arrival and enrolled in and attending school or organized activities outside the Camargo Foundation campus, during the week.

    DEADLINE: October 19, 2017

    camargofoundation.org/fileadmin/user_upload/guidelines/The_Cultural_Diaspora_Guidelines_2018.pdf

     

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

    The Classical Theatre of Harlem

    INFO: Playwrights submit 10-12 pages of a new work in the early stages of development. Actors are cast on the spot and perform a cold reading, followed by a moderated audience feedback session. In addition to serving the development of new work, these readings give audiences a sneak peek into how new plays are created.

    Submit your work to Ms. Shawn René Graham, Literary Director at readings@cthnyc.org. No phone calls please. 

    • Plays/Excerpts may not have been previously produced. 
    • Playwrights may submit up to fifteen (15) pages only. 
    • Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document. 
    • Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted. 
    • critical topics that are at the heart of society.

    DEADLINE: Open

    cthnyc.org/reading-series/#1491626607486-8bf15b08-ad7e

    THEATER - AUGUST 2017

    DAVID CHARLES HORN PRIZE

    The Yale Drama Series

    INFO: The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2018 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Ayad Akhtar.

    AWARD: $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

    SUBMISSION FEE: $0

    DEADLINE: August 15, 2017

    dchornfoundation.org/competition-rules

     

    BLUE INK PLAYWRITING AWARD

    American Blues Theatre

    INFO: American Blues Theatre is seeking submissions for its 2018 Blue Ink Playwriting Award. The winning play will be selected by Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and the Ensemble.  

    PRIZE: The playwright receives a monetary prize of $1,000 and a developmental workshop or staged reading at American Blues Theater in Chicago. Cash prizes are awarded for runners up, finalists, and semi-finalists too.

    DEADLINE: August 31, 2017

    americanbluestheater.com/blue-ink-submission-guidelines/

     

    FALL 2017 AWARDS

    Sustainable Arts Foundation

    INFO: Sustainable Arts Foundation – a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families – is committed to offering half of its awards to applicants of color.

    Writers may apply in one of the following categories:

    • Fiction
    • Creative Nonfiction
    • Poetry
    • Long Form Journalism
    • Playwriting
    • Picture Books
    • Early and Middle Grade Fiction
    • Young Adult Fiction
    • Graphic Novel

    AWARDS:

    • Sustainable Arts Foundation Award: $6,000
    • Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award: $2,000

    DEADLINE: August 31, 2017

    apply.sustainableartsfoundation.org/

     

    2018-19 EMERGING WRITERS GROUP

    Public Theater

    INFO: The Emerging Writers Group is currently accepting applications. Playwrights participating in the Emerging Writers group will:

    • Participate in a biweekly writers group led by The Public’s New Work Department
    • Receive at least one reading at The Public in the Emerging Writers Group Spotlight Series Reading Series
    • Participate in master classes led by established playwrights
    • Observe rehearsals for productions at The Public
    • Receive an additional stipend for theater tickets to productions at other theaters
    • Receive complimentary tickets to Public Theater shows, invited dress rehearsals and other special events
    • Receive artistic support and professional development guidance from the literary department and artistic staff

    AWARD: $7,500 stipend

    DEADLINE: August 31, 2017

    publictheater.org/Programs--Events/Emerging-Writers-Group/Apply-EWG/

     

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

    The Classical Theatre of Harlem

    INFO: Playwrights submit 10-12 pages of a new work in the early stages of development. Actors are cast on the spot and perform a cold reading, followed by a moderated audience feedback session. In addition to serving the development of new work, these readings give audiences a sneak peek into how new plays are created.

    Submit your work to Ms. Shawn René Graham, Literary Director at readings@cthnyc.org. No phone calls please. 

    • Plays/Excerpts may not have been previously produced. 
    • Playwrights may submit up to fifteen (15) pages only. 
    • Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document. 
    • Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted. 
    • critical topics that are at the heart of society.

    DEADLINE: Open

    cthnyc.org/reading-series/#1491626607486-8bf15b08-ad7e

    THEATER - JULY 2017

    CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

    The Classical Theatre of Harlem

    INFO: Playwrights submit 10-12 pages of a new work in the early stages of development. Actors are cast on the spot and perform a cold reading, followed by a moderated audience feedback session. In addition to serving the development of new work, these readings give audiences a sneak peek into how new plays are created.

    Submit your work to Ms. Shawn René Graham, Literary Director at readings@cthnyc.org. No phone calls please. 

    • Plays/Excerpts may not have been previously produced. 
    • Playwrights may submit up to fifteen (15) pages only. 
    • Plays must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document. 
    • Playwrights will not receive comments on plays once submitted. 
    • critical topics that are at the heart of society.

    DEADLINE: Open

    cthnyc.org/reading-series/#1491626607486-8bf15b08-ad7e

     

    DAVID CHARLES HORN PRIZE

    The Yale Drama Series

    INFO: The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2018 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Ayad Akhtar.

    AWARD: $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

    SUBMISSION FEE: $0

    DEADLINE: August 15, 2017

    dchornfoundation.org/competition-rules

    THEATER - JUNE 2017

    There are no opportunities at this time. Please check again soon.